Great work from Andy.
As luck would have it, my visit last Friday coincided with the grand opening of the first new “pub” for 150 odd years, since Spurgeon was pastor there.
Milton Brewery have been around slightly less than that, and run 3 GBG pubs locally, including the local CAMRA pub of the year.
The brewery is functional, but the “Brewery Tour“, which involved drinking lots of beer, is a classic.
Bit like the brewery dray, I guess.
Brewery founder Richard confirmed we were first, and explain why it’s called the China Ship Inn.
I’ll be honest; you won’t get better cask that this. Pegasus and a Nero that dark beer fiend Sis loved both scored a 4+. Straight from the barrel as nature intended.
While I was there I ordered the crispy beer, squid and Singapore rice (plus meal for one for Mum and Dad). The Tap’s emergency first night catering was baked potatoes that smelt so good we nearly ordered one as an appetiser.
I’ll definitely go back, and waste time that I should be spending ticking Hatfield Peverel drinking beer instead.
“What about the Chinese ?” says Dave.